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Are Tonsil Stones Asociated With Stomach Bacteria
Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes. ...Read more
Take them out: If you don't have a water pick, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Injury / infection risk is minor. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more
None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts which trap food debris, tonsil stones will form. They can be removed cleaned out, but usually recur. If tonsil stones are a severe and chronic problem, tonsillectomy will cure the issues. See your local ent. Best wishes. ...Read more
Nothing: They are uncomfortable and smell bad, which can be a significant social liability. The best way to get rid of them is with a water pick, assisted by a mirror and a penlight. If you try something like a half-unbent paper clip, be careful not to hurt yourself. ...Read more
Often you do not need anything for tonsil stones
an easy and simple way I recommend is to use an oral irrigator. Only the irrigators that connect directly to sink tap via a threaded attachment to be used for this purpose. Most electric irrigatoer are too powerful and can cause discomfort or rupture of the tonsils
large stones need to be removed by doctor by curettage. Very large need excision. ...Read more
Look in the mirror: Tonsilloliths or so called stones in the tonsils are usually collections of food particles in the crypts (grooves) on the surface of the tonsil. You can see them in the mirror as small white round collections. They may represent bacterial colonies, food particles or small retention cysts. They often produce a foul odor to the breath and may be a minor indication for tonsil removal. ...Read more
Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them. ...Read more
Tips on care: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with Listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You will get tips like this when you see an ENT. ...Read more
Tonsil stone: Tonsil stone - tonsilloliths - collection of bacterial & cellular debris in tonsillar crypts, ...Read more
Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula. ...Read more
Remove them: They eventually dislodge. A water pick is your best device for removing them. If you're in a hurry, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it; there's a small injury / infection risk. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more
No medication works: If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them. A ENT doctor can resurface your tonsils with a laser, or remove them -- the latter's probably not worth it. ...Read more
Tonsilar stones: First, they are not bad. Some people tend to make more of those than others, but I don't recommend any particular treatment. There's really none available except for tonsillectomy, but I would not do it for this very reason. ...Read more
How long does 'tonsil stones' stones and if I rinse my mouth with water how long will it be till it's gone?
Ulcer on tonsil? Tonsil stones come and go for 3 years, never diagnosed with tonsilitis only strept alot. I'm 22 why the ulcer?
I've had continuous hard to remove tonsil stones for a year. My ENT says he doesn't suggest a tonsillectomy. Second opinion?
Is one or two white spots on my tonsils that come and go prob crypts/tonsil stones? Is thrush usually more spots and spread out?
Tonsilliths: What is recurring on the tonsils are tonsilliths. They occur when food gets stuck in a cyprus and then it gets broken down then it hardens which cause it to get very stinky. Thrush is white patches on the mucosa that have red spots under them when they are wiped with a tongue blade for us it is very characteristic. You need not worry about that. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more
Can tonsil stones cause a swollen lymph node? I have a swollen node in my neck on the side that has tonsil stones. It stays full of stones!
Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?
Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more